Do you think so? Looking at Rome’s contemporaries, the Parthian and Han Empires both lasted about 4½ centuries, and that doesn’t seem to me terribly unusual for later ones. That’s a long time for an inherently unstable system. I mean…America prides itself on its stability and it isn’t there yet.
And they can all trace the start of their decline to the end of expansionist policies. Running out of people to conquer and plunder.
One can see that in looking at the climate of areas that used to be the “breadbasket” of the Roman Empire, North Africa.
Re: fall of the Roman empire - there’s an exhibition on that right now in Trier (until 2022-11-27)
Michael Harriot covers the history of Black artists in comedy:
Gonna crosspost in the BLM thread…
A short interview, but some useful bits:
In Newly Found Audio, A Forgotten Civil Rights Leader Says Coming Out ‘Was An Absolute Necessity’
He was an adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizer behind the 1963 March on Washington.
Still, Bayard Rustin’s legacy as a leading figure in the civil rights movement is little known today, even among many history buffs and within the LGBTQ community. His homosexuality cost him that visibility and was considered by some as a hindrance to the movement’s success.
TIL that 227 was a play before it became a TV show.
It’s set in Bronzeville, at the time Chicago’s equivalent to Harlem, depicting the community where Houston grew up in the 1950’s. This community disappeared for 50 years: the entire neighborhood was dismantled and public housing towers were erected instead. People even stopped calling the area “Bronzeville” because it wasn’t anymore. Fortunately, the neighborhood has been back now for about 10-15 years and is doing well again.